Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2001

De Soto City Council set to discuss future of Sunflower water treatment plant

General Services Administration representative to attend Thursday meeting

July 19, 2001

The De Soto City Council will seek answers concerning the status of the water treatment plant at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant from a federal official Thursday.

At the invitation of Mayor Dave Anderson, Blaine Hastings is scheduled to attend Thursday's De Soto City Council meeting. Hastings is heading up the U.S. General Services Administration's disposal of Sunflower.

The city is seeking clarification of its lease of the Sunflower water treatment plant because of Allliant Techsystems Inc. departure as civilian contractor at the plant Sept. 30.

The federal government has indicated the scope of services required of the new civilian contractor will be much more limited.

The city council has tried in the past to get assurances that the water treatment plant would be deeded to the city regardless of Oz Entertainment Co.'s future at the plant. Should the company's plan receive needed local, state and federal jurisdiction, the water plant would be deeded to the city under terms of an agreement Oz negotiated with the federal government. However, the city's future at the water plant remained in limbo when Oz's redevelopment plan failed to get the county's approval on two occasions in the past year.

The county is now funding an independent review of Oz's financial plan and is scheduled to take a vote on the Oz plan again in September.

The council could also closed the book on a controversial annexation that expanded De Soto into Leavenworth County. By a 3-2 vote, the council in April approved an annexation agreement that made a nine-hole golf course developed by Bob Hill north of the Kansas River part of the city.

At that time, council members Linda Zindler and Tim Maniez said the annexation should wait until the city's comprehensive plan addressed the area. Zindler and Maniez were also concerned about the annexation's possible commitment to improve infrastructure north of the river and share in the maintenance of the Wyandotte Street bridge.

The annexation was subject to the De Soto Planning Commission approving a special-use permit for the golf course.

Burning Tree Golf Course won that approval in June. Thursday, the council will consider the special-use permit and rezoning of the property from agricultural to a residential suburban designation.

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